Richard Nieva
Richard Nieva
Richard Nieva is a senior reporter for CNET News, focusing on Google and Yahoo. He previously worked for PandoDaily and Fortune Magazine, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, on CNNMoney.com and on CJR.org.Source
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Google fires researcher Margaret Mitchell amid chaos in AI division

Google fires researcher Margaret Mitchell amid chaos in AI division

The search giant has dismissed both leaders of its Ethical AI team.Google on Friday fired Margaret Mitchell, who co-led the company's Ethical AI team, more than two months after the controversial ousting of Timnit Gebru, the team's other leader. The move escalates a tense situation at a Google division already in turmoil.Mitchell had been the subject of an investigation by Google for her treatment of company data. The Google manager had reportedly used automated software to go through her old messages to find examples of discriminatory treatment toward Gebru. Mitchell said she had been...

Feb 19
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Google discloses cloud results for first time, as it looks beyond search

Google discloses cloud results for first time, as it looks beyond search

The tech giant has invested aggressively in its cloud division over the last few years.on Tuesday revealed new financial details about its division, a milestone as the technology powerhouse aims to expand its business beyond its massive and advertising operation. The tech giant's cloud unit, which rents server space and technology to other companies and organizations, showed growth in the fourth quarter though it remained unprofitable. Revenue rose to $3.83 billion, from $2.61 billion a year earlier. The unit posted an operating loss of $1.24 billion in the period, and $5.6 billion over the...

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Google to add heart and respiratory rate tracking to Android phones

Google to add heart and respiratory rate tracking to Android phones

The search giant has made a push in fitness tech as it aims to compete with Apple.on Thursday unveiled new features for tracking breathing and heart rates on , as the giant competes with and other companies that have made a push in tech.  The new features measure a person's respiratory rate and heart rate using their phone's . The respiratory tool works like a person taking a selfie. While posed in front of the camera, the software measures breathing by detecting small movements of the chest. Cut through the chatterSubscribe to CNET's Mobile newsletter for the latest phone news and...

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Google discloses cloud results for first time, as it looks beyond search

Google discloses cloud results for first time, as it looks beyond search

The tech giant has invested aggressively in its cloud division over the last few years.on Tuesday revealed new financial details about its division, a milestone as the technology powerhouse aims to expand its business beyond its massive and advertising operation. The tech giant's cloud unit, which rents server space and technology to other companies and organizations, showed growth in the fourth quarter though it remained unprofitable. Revenue rose to $3.83 billion, from $2.61 billion a year earlier. The unit posted an operating loss of $1.24 billion in the period, and $5.6 billion over the...

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Google hit by antitrust lawsuit from nearly 40 states over alleged search monopoly

Google hit by antitrust lawsuit from nearly 40 states over alleged search monopoly

The search giant is now facing three major antitrust lawsuits.A bipartisan coalition of 38 states and territories on Thursday filed an , alleging the tech giant holds a monopoly in general search, the heart of its consumer tech business. The complaint is the filed against the Silicon Valley giant in a matter of weeks, escalating Google's battle with state and federal prosecutors over the company's dominance.The lawsuit alleges the tech giant harmed competitors with its presentation of search results, favoring its own services over those of rivals. The complaint also claims Google asserted...

Dec 17
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Jeff Rosen, leading DOJ's Google antitrust case, to become acting US attorney general

Jeff Rosen, leading DOJ's Google antitrust case, to become acting US attorney general

But his time at the helm of the department will likely be short-lived.The investigator leading the US Department of Justice's antitrust case against Google will become the nation's acting attorney general, on Monday. Deputy AG Jeff Rosen will assume the top job at the department after AG Bill Barr submitted his resignation on Monday.Rosen will take over on Dec. 23, but his time at the helm will likely be short-lived. President-elect Joe Biden, who will take office on Jan. 20, will appoint his own attorney general. Power up your AndroidGet the latest news, how-to and reviews on...

Dec 15
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Google's 2020: Search giant clashes with DC over antitrust, misinformation

Google's 2020: Search giant clashes with DC over antitrust, misinformation

After feuding with its employees, Google is now crossing swords with lawmakers and regulators.Almost exactly a year ago, co-founders and dropped some bombshell news. After more than 20 years, the two men were from company leadership. would take the reins of Google parent Alphabet going forward. Pichai, who was already running the conglomerate's biggest unit, was experienced in the battles that mark corporate life. The soft-spoken executive had dealt with employee protests over Google's work in China and the company's handling of sexual misconduct allegations against senior executives. The...

Dec 7
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California partners with Apple and Google for COVID-19 contact tracing on phones

California partners with Apple and Google for COVID-19 contact tracing on phones

The features will be available starting Thursday.For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the .California Gov. the state has partnered with and on an app to let people use their to track potential exposure to COVID-19.The digital system uses Bluetooth signals from people's phones to alert them if they've been in contact with someone who's tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The project takes advantage of two of the world's most popular -- Apple's and Google's Android -- to potentially reach billions of people. Everything AppleCNET's Apple...

Dec 7
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YouTube takes down live streams with fake election results

YouTube takes down live streams with fake election results

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againThe videos reached thousands of viewers.on Tuesday said it took down multiple videos that live streamed fake election results, hours before polls closed anywhere in the country. The videos streamed the false results to thousands of viewers before they were deleted by the world's largest video platform, which is owned by . Some of the videos ran advertisements, which means their creators were able to make money off of the content. For more like thisSubscribe to the CNET Now newsletter for our editors' picks of the most important...

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Google and Apple grilled on app store policies in tense Senate hearing

Google and Apple grilled on app store policies in tense Senate hearing

Rivals including Match Group and Spotify accuse the tech giants of retaliation and anticompetitive behavior.At a before a Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, Jared Sine, top lawyer for dating-app company Match Group, accused Google of threatening Match in a phone call the night before. Sine said Google's issue was that Match, which owns apps including Tinder and Hinge, had said in an earlier earnings call that it would work through the fees imposed by Google's app store, but then Match changed its tune in prepared testimony for Wednesday's hearing.  Everything AppleCNET's Apple Report...

Apr 21
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